Pentax K 30 review

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This was taken at ISO 1600, and using the 18-55mm kit lens, but it still has plenty of detail visible.

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Colours are generally realistic when the Natural Custom Image mode is used, the automatic white balance setting also copes well with a wide range of lighting conditions.

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The Pentax K-30's AF system struggled to focus on this close, low contrast subject when the 18-55mm kit lens was mounted, but it got there in the end.

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Leaving the 77-segment metering system to its own devices produced an accurate image here.

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Another nice result for the automatic white balance system in mixed lighting conditions.

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Focusing on the warm light in the foreground has given the background a blue hue here.

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The High Contrast filter produces dramatic results that suit some situations well.

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Employing the Vibrant Custom Image mode has given the red of the petals a boost.

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The digital filter effects can be combined with the Custom Image modes for a wider range of effects. Here, we used the Monochrome Custom Image mode with the High Contrast filter.

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An unfiltered image.

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And with the High Contrast filter.

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The Bleach Bypass filter suited this odd scene, but it looks better for a little brightening.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Head of Testing, Cameras

Angela (Twitter, Google+, website) is head of testing for Future's photography portfolio, writing and overseeing reviews of photographic equipment for Digital Camera, Photography Week, PhotoPlus, NPhoto and Practical Photoshop as well as TechRadar's cameras channel. Angela has a degree in photography and multimedia and prior to joining Future in October 2010 was Amateur Photographer magazine's technical editor.